Ahana Joins Leading Open Source Innovators


With the devotion of more engineers and key contributors, Ahana, the sole SaaS for Presto, today announced it is strengthening its commitment to the continued development of the Velox Open Source Project, founded by Meta. When the project was open sourced in 2021, Ahana joined Intel and ByteDance as its main contributors.

Modern C++ database acceleration library called Velox. In order to speed up, expand, and improve data computation engines, it offers high-performance, reusable, and extensible data processing components. At the moment, it is connected with more than a dozen different data systems at Meta, ranging from stream processing platforms and machine learning libraries like PyTorch to analytical query engines like Presto and Spark.

“Velox is poised to be another vibrant open source project created by Meta with significant industry impact. It caught our attention as it enables developers to build highly-efficient data processing engines,” said Steven Mih, Cofounder and CEO, Ahana. “It’s well understood that at Meta, there are diverse opportunities to improve data processing at scale, and, as a result, trailblazing innovations are developed. As data becomes central to every organization, we see many enterprise data teams facing similar challenges around consistency of diverse data systems, which Velox-based systems could solve. As a primary contributor from the start, we are furthering our commitment to grow a community of developers to collaboratively accelerate the project.”

“To our knowledge, Velox is a pioneer effort at unifying execution engines in a centralized open source library. Other than efficiency gains due to its state-of-art components, Velox also provides benefits in terms of increased consistency across big data engines, and by promoting reusability,” said Pedro Pedreira, Software Engineer, Meta. “We see Velox as an important step towards a more modular approach to architecting data management systems. Our long-term goal is to position Velox as a de-facto execution engine in the industry, following the path paved by Apache Arrow for columnar memory format. We are excited about the momentum the project is getting, and the engagement and partnership with Ahana’s engineers and other open source contributors.”

“We’re excited to work closely with Ahana, Meta, and Velox community,” said Dave Cohen, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel. “While there are other database acceleration libraries, the Velox project is an important, open-source alternative.”


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